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Being a school governor – what’s involved?

Have you ever thought about being a school governor, but wondered what you’d have to do or if you are eligible?  Check out an upcoming online recruitment event which will give you all the answers.

On Thursday, 20 April, from 6-7.30pm, Ealing Council and Governors for Schools will bring together those interested in becoming school governors with representatives from local schools who are looking for new recruits for their governing boards.

It is an opportunity to ask questions about being a school governor and hear from current governors, to help find that perfect match of governor to school. Council officers will also be there to talk about the training available and answer any questions.

You can register for the event by emailing Shima.Begum@governorsforschools.org.uk or booking a ticket.

Not just for parents

Councillor Kamaljit Nagpal, the council’s cabinet member for a fairer start, said: “To be a governor you do not need to have any relevant experience or connection to a school, unless you become a parent governor, in which case you must have a child at the school. But you do need to have a commitment to ensuring excellent outcomes for local children and a willingness to learn and contribute.”

Governorship is about ensuring a clarity of vision, ethos, and strategic direction for the school. The board of governors support the headteacher and senior management team, but also hold them to account and make decisions about budgets and resources.

The average time commitment is around six to 10 days per year. Employers, under Section 50 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, must give employees who are school governors reasonable time off to carry out their duties.

‘Play an active role’

Many governors provide vital support to the borough’s schools. They are representative of the local population and bring a range of valuable and useful skills and experience with them. At the time of national crisis, support and advice to headteachers is of the highest importance.

Councillor Nagpal added: “School governors play an active role in schools and in improving outcomes for young people across the borough.

“You’ll get fantastic support and training that will prepare you so you can carry out the core functions, and it provides great networking opportunities.”

Interested? Find out more

So, if you have ever thought about becoming a school governor and wondered what it involves, find out the facts at the information event on Thursday, 20 April from 6pm. Register by emailing Shima.Begum@governorsforschools.org.uk or book a ticket.

You can also check out Naeem Younis’ school governor story on Facebook.

For more about becoming a governor you can also visit the council’s website.

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